Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.
Ten test sites will operate over a two-year period on farms spread over ten Québec regions to compare the performance of winter and spring cereals.
This project will develop a versatile tool that will allow to simulate the impacts of agricultural practices on soil organic matter.
This project seeks to create farmer partnerships in which participants work on implementing a three-year forage crop rotation protocol in potato and field crop fields.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
This project will modify current protocols with the addition of labile carbon to preserve or rapidly restore the activity of beneficial microorganisms.
Researcher: Christine Landry
This project relies on the continuous measurement of field water table heights; water exports; as well as sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus runoff into drains at four field-crop production sites.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud
This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that will let stakeholders search the IRDA potato soil database, one of the largest in Canada, to visualize the impact of growing practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils cultivated with different cropping systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
Terranimo® tool adaptation at the terms and conditions of Québec.
Developing a fast and sensitive molecular detection methodology able to accurately identify raspberry and strawberry viruses.
Evaluating and developing a high-throughput sequencing-based diagnostic procedure to identify pathogenic organisms.
Three-year project on an array of mitigation protocols to reduce the application of glyphosate in a field crop system (corn–soybean–grains).
Project to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion of organic horticultural soils.
Method to monitor and control telluric pathogens affecting potatoes that takes into account the interactions between these pathogens and other soil microbiome organisms.
Project to determine the real value of the phosphorus load associated with bison production in Québec.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
This project aims to improve our understanding of the evolution and spatial variability of soil health indicators as barometers of climate change.
Quantification of the scale of soil displacement and net sediment production in the past 50 years for various soil textures and compare these results with those generated by modeling the watershed with SWAT.
Researcher: Claude Bernard
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production